MSP’s Are Furious With The SFA Over Cup Final Plans, And Are Right To Demand Answers.

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News today that MSP’s have written to the SFA for a second time demanding answers about the kick-off time for the Scottish Cup Final will not, or at least should not, surprise a single fan of our club.

When we released our statement on the change we made it clear that in spite of the SFA’s claim to the contrary that we had not been properly consulted. Inverness made the same claim a short time later.

It seems that our parliamentarians have been treated with similar contempt.

A group of MSP’s from the cross-party Health, Social Care and Sport Committee want to know who the SFA did consult with before they made this decision. They wrote to them last week about this and that they have now released their new letter to the media should give you some sense of just how pissed off they are with what they got back.

“I was disappointed that your letter failed to set out (as the Committee had requested) what prior discussions you have had with Scottish Government Ministers, with transport service providers and with fan associations to ensure any disruption to individual travel plans caused by the change of kick-off time would be kept to an acceptable minimum,” the new letter reads. “The Committee would be grateful for a full response to this request.”

They were scathing about the information they have received so far.

“The Committee also finds your response that ‘In relation to public transport issues, we have been assured by the club (Inverness) that this is not the case’ to be less than satisfactory. I would ask that, in responding to this letter, you set out what steps the SFA has taken to compensate travelling fans for the additional travel costs they will have incurred as a direct result of the change of kick-off time. If no such compensation has been put in place, I would ask that you set out the reasons behind this.”

The Committee further makes clear their disgust at the SFA palming off responsibility for the mess they have created onto the two clubs and the fans themselves.

“It is regrettable that the announcement of this change was made only one calendar month before the game is scheduled to take place, following confirmation on 26 April that the FA Cup Final would kick off at 3pm that same day and in response to apparent pressure from broadcasters. It is equally regrettable that, instead of the SFA assuming responsibility, the onus for resolving the disruption caused by this decision has apparently been placed on clubs and fans,” it says.

The governing bodies of our game have no respect for the wishes of the supporters or even the clubs themselves, but to see that they are treating our elected representatives with such appalling disregard is disturbing to say the least.

These people don’t think they have to answer to anybody, except maybe the TV companies.

That ought to be a cause for genuine concern at Celtic Park and elsewhere.

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  • Annmcq14 says:

    The SFA have been a disgrace for years with their loyalty not only to the media but also one particular sevco team. The Celtic board should have been taking them to task on numerous occasions but what do we get from them, we’re dealing with it in the background. Can anyone tell me the outcome of any of these background complaints?
    There is only one instance that I can think of involving a certain Jorge Cadete and the despicable head of the SFA at the time. I take my beret off to that little man, who didn’t suffer fools gladly as Mr Farry found out to the cost of losing his job. Fergus McCann may have been little in stature but he was a lion protecting his pride and nothing and no-one would stand in his way. His determination and forward thinking of what he wanted for Celtic football club has made our club what it is today. Maybe it’s time someone from our board took a leaf out of his book.

    • Scouse bhoy says:

      Correct the celtic board just sit back we want action not toothless statements after the sfa shove two fingers up to us they have let the support down big time .

    • DixieD says:

      Totally agree Ann. Its no coincidence that the one time Celtic pursue a grievance the top man at the SFA is forced to resign for wrongdoing against our club? What was the chances of that?? And they say we’re paranoid, we’re not paranoid enough!!

  • Michael McCann says:

    Maybe politicians should be bombarded regarding the referees and their association that is a much larger and continuing concern for the wider Celtic support. You and everyone else are correct to voice you concerns about the cup final kick-off times but this final is a one off in the year, all are efforts should be pulled together to stop the cheating each and every week against Celtic.

  • Paul Mac says:

    Question as someone who is watching this from the outside … the weekend has 2 days correct? If the problem of the 3pm slot is that they don’t want to compete for ratings with the English FA cup … could one not be played on a Saturday, the other on a Sunday? Therefore both would be able to kick off at 3pm and more importantly both would be the main attraction on their given day. Is there anything fundamental that I don’t know about (being based outside of Scotland) that could prevent this ??

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